"Mary had a little lamb; its fleece was white as snow."
Long ago and far away, another Mary had a little lamb. His fleece was white as snow. In fact, he was God's perfect lamb - sinless, faultless, blameless, and pure. His beginning was not at Bethlehem. On creation morning, the Lamb was there. He enjoyed the real splendor of heaven. However, love constrained Him to come to this sin-cursed earth in human form.
Through the miracle of the virgin birth He entered the human race. His mother, Mary, presented Him to the ages from a stable in Bethlehem. One day thirty years later the roads were full of Jews with their Passover lambs going up to the temple in Jeruselem.
The great John the Baptist cried out "Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world." He was speaking of Jesus, God's lamb.
Three years later, approximately 3,000 people stood on Mt. Calvary to watch the execution of three men. Two were convicted felons; the other - the Lamb.
In ancient Israel, the priest sprinkled the blood of the lamb on the annual Day of Atonement. Calvary was God's great Day of Atonement. On that day the people cried, "His blood be on us and our children." After six hours He bowed His head and expired with the words "It is finished". Because of the work of the Lamb we can go to heaven.
Enjoy the presents, remember the Lamb.
Please know how thankful I am for each of you!
See you Sunday!